Lot 56 of 557:
Andersen's Fairy Tales illustrated by Harry Clarke signed 1/125  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyer's Premium):$4,500
Estimate:
$3,000 - $5,000

Title:
Fairy Tales
Author:
Andersen, Hans Christian
Place:
London
Publisher:
George C. Harrap
Date:
[1916]
Description:

320 pp. Illustrated by Harry Clarke with 40 plates, 16 of which are color with printed tissue guards, plus numerous decorative elements and tail-pieces. (4to) 28x19 cm (10¾x7½"), original vellum decorated in gilt, top edge gilt. First Edition. No. 8 of 125 copies, signed by the illustrator.

Signed by Clarke at the limitation. Limited edition of Harry Clarke's first foray into book illustration, his tour de force interpretation of Andersen's Fairy Tales. Clarke (1889-1931) worked for three years on these illustrations after receiving the commission from Harrap. Clarke is beloved for his intricate and faintly disturbing imagery, and, although he died at the young age of 41, is an important figure in Irish Arts & Crafts, both for his book illustration and stained glass. Clarke's scarcest book. Rare.

Lot Amendments
Condition:
Light wear and soiling to vellum, repair work to front hinge, toning to endpapers, scattered foxing, small tear/abraded area to rear free endpaper; very good.
 
Item number:
286308
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